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Coaching Educational Leadership

Coaching Educational Leadership
Building Leadership Capacity through Partnership

First Edition

March 2008 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Coaching Educational Leadership is about building leadership capacity in individuals, and in institutions, through enhancing professional relationships. It is based on the importance of maximising potential, and harnessing the ongoing commitment and energy needed to meet personal and professional goals.

Based on over a decade of research and development, nationally and internationally, Coaching Educational Leadership brings you the empirical evidence, the principles, and the skills, to be able to develop your own leadership and that of others you work with.

This book:

- Challenges you to critically reflect on your leadership and professional relationships

- Offers practical activities and exercises

- Describes leadership coaching based on reciprocal processes

- Seeks to connect theory and practice

- Provides a basis for workshop activities in coaching, appraisal, and mentoring.

Coaching Educational Leadership will assist educators who believe in the development of leadership at all levels, to dialogue effectively with professional colleagues for the improvement of leadership practice.

This book comes highly recommended to those professionals committed to lifelong, experiential learning and reflective practice. An essential addition to the professional development programme.

Jan Robertson is Director of London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education.

The Concept and Role of Educational Leadership
Learning for Leadership
The Value of Shared Learning
Action Research and Coaching
Getting Underway
Coaching the Skills that Build Trust
Coaching the Skills that Move Leaders Forward
Troubleshooting and Monitoring the Coaching Relationship
Facilitating Coaching
Leaders Coaching Leaders
Developing Agency

'Overall Coaching Educational Leadership is a unique and impressive book that employs a critical approach and an opportunity for not only educational leaders but practitioners to utilise coaching to improve the quality of their professional life through effective communication skills...I do recommend the book as it not only introduces the coaching phenomenon, but also provides a precept of theory informing practice and practice informing theory' -

'In her quietly radical book…Jan Robertson offers a structured and supported process for school leaders to work collaboratively towards their self-defined professional goals, and through this to support their own professional growth and that of their organisation…Since it builds on the experience of school leaders and has been widely trialled, readers can have confidence that it works' - International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring

'[T]his book is distinctive, engaging, fills a gap in accessing this knowledge base, and makes a valuable contribution to the field of leadership coaching. The book will be of interest to professionals in education, social services, law, and for those facilitating professional development that respects professional knowledge. I shall recommend this book to colleagues pursuing postgraduate research programmes I lead and teach' - Educational Management, Administration and Leadership

'Jan Robertson’s splendid book not only advocates articulately for the necessity of leadership coaching, but sets out practically what good coaching can, and should, look like' - Andy Hargreaves, Boston College

'If we are serious about improving schools then we need to look at building leadership capability and capacity. This book provides a powerful and insightful starting point' - Alma Harris, University of Warwick

'This is a real contribution to the literature and professional development of educational leaders' - Bruce Barnett, Universtity of Texas at San Antonio

A good book for all who with to delve in to the world of Coaching and educational leadership.

Mr Richard Tomkins
Public Services , Filton College
June 4, 2015

The specific Educational Leader focus of this book will help those who can see the value of coaching within the leadership setting and have a strong interest in the wider application of professional reflection. It clearly addresses the practical side of coaching (how to ask different questions, when to keep quiet etc. and this will build confidence). Personal professional growth is at the heart of this book. The case studies are instantly recognisable as situations that occur on a regular basis and as such provide pragmatic models.

Mr Bill Lowe
ITE CPD, Newman Univ.
July 21, 2014

Very useful book

Ms Rita Kinsella
Coachi, Univ. of East Anglia
June 29, 2014

Excellent text, essential bookshelf material

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
April 5, 2012

I found this text very helpful in pulling together theory into practice. The way in which this is done is very accessible. Students who have read the book (and raved about it) say that having read it, a lightbulb comes on. Praise indeed

Mrs Paulette Toppin
School of Education, Bath Spa University
March 21, 2012

Comprehensive range to share with students on coaching module...will use the chapters on leadership and action research in particular.

Dr Elizabeth Jackson
Mathematics, University of Cumbria
March 15, 2012

Some interesting material contained here (a good read!) but not directly appropriate for the course I am considering at the moment.

Mrs Hazel Beadle
CPD, Chichester University
July 6, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Introduction PDF

Chapter Two PDF

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